Rice and shine
RICE is the most important staple food for a large part of the world’s population. It is also the grain with the secondhighest worldwide production after maize (corn).
What do Starchild readers have to tell us about Rice?
“My family eats rice every day, mostly fragrant rice. We usually eat rice with vegetables, fish, prawns or chicken for lunch or dinner. Sometimes we eat fried rice instead of white rice. My grandfather is the only one in the family who likes to eat rice porridge,” writes Lauryn Tan Zi Yi, seven. She adds that the Indians and Malays like to eat briyani rice, while the Chinese are fond of bak chang (glutinous rice dumplings).
Kuhan Lim Hean Teck, five, loves his grandmother’s rice porridge. “It’s the best!” he raves. “It has carrots, broccoli, buckwheat, millet and tomatoes. It’s simply delicious and full of vitamins!”
Ashley Cheah Zi Yen, five, says: “Farmers grow rice in the fields. We buy rice and cook them to eat. I like to eat rice every day.”
Daniella Yeo Wei Ling, six, writes: “I love to eat rice in the afternoon. Rice is healthy for me and you. It also gives us energy and makes us strong.”
“Rice is my favourite food. I have it everyday for lunch. It tastes so nice with dishes,” says Kayleigh Anna MariaMaria, seven.
Thomas Hubertus MarinusMarinus, six, sends a drawing of him and his sister having a party. The spread includes rice with various accompanying dishes. Thanusha SivaSiva, 10, says nasi lemak is a traditional Malay food and Malaysians love it! “I love to eat nasi lemak very much,” she writes.
Sean Kieren Yeo Wei YenYen, nine, likes to eat the nasi lemak sold in his school canteen. “I like the rice is ingrained in the culinary tradition of different cultures around the world. peanuts, sambal and fragrant rice. Sometimes the canteen operator gives me a lot of rice; sometimes I get very little rice.”
Truva Siva, , seven, writes: “My mother, sister and I love nasi lemak!”
While rice is usually cooked and eaten, some people use raw rice for dec-decoration. Rangoli, aa traditional decorative folk art of India, refers to decorative designs made on the floor of living rooms and courtyards during Hindu festivals. They are drawn to mark sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities and are deemed to bring good luck.
Vysnawy Thiagarajan, eight, wants to make a rangoli in front of his house.
“My mother will draw a picture and I will help her to fill in the drawn areas with coloured rice. We will do it on special occasions like weddings, Deepavali and on prayer days. My favourite drawing is that of a peacock.”
Thanu Jeevan Kumar, nine, tells us that the Indians have kolam (another word for rangoli in Tamil Nadu, India) in front of their house during festivals such as Deepavali and Ponggal (Indian rice harvest festival). Even shopping malls use kolam as attractive decorations.
He describes how to make a kolam: “Colour the rice with food colouring. Bright colours can be used to dye the rice grains and then spread the coloured rice grains to dry for a day or two.
“Design your kolam and draw it on the floor. Place the coloured rice grains in the form of a pattern on the design.” – Compiled byMajorieChiew ITEM: As Christmas day draws near, the Christmas tree is brought out from the store room and given a new lease of life. What is the difference between a fish and a piano? Why shouldn’t you believe a person in bed?